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How to Get a Player’s Autograph


It’s not as easy to get an autograph in person as it was when your dad was your age.

Professional athletes today tend to keep their distance, and some will sign autographs only for money. Still, there is a way to get autographs both from current players and from players who have been retired for years: the U.S. mail.

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Here’s How:

• Go through your sports trading cards and identify a player you would like to ask for an autograph. It’s probably best to start with less well-known players, because they’re less likely to receive as many requests.

• Write a polite, friendly letter asking the player to autograph your card. Remember that athletes, like all celebrities, receive many requests from fans. Writing a thoughtful letter is key.

• If the player is still active, simply mail him your request in care of his team. Addresses for all Major League teams can be found at For retired players, most libraries will have a book or two containing player addresses. Try Jack Smalling’s “The Baseball Autograph Collector’s Handbook,” available in some libraries or at This book, updated periodically, contains more than 11,000 addresses of players, coaches and umpires.

• Once you have a player’s address, mail the letter and the card with a self-addressed stamped envelope, and be patient. It can sometimes take months to receive a reply. Good idea: Send only cards of which you have duplicates. Some players won’t respond, and you’ll never see the card again.

• When you do get a signed card back, be sure to send a thank you note.

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What Autographs Do You Have?

Tell us which autographs you’ve collected and how you got them in the comments field below.

11 Comments on How to Get a Player’s Autograph

  1. I got an autograph from Jimmy Carter and President Obama. They don’t even have cards!

  2. I got Russell Wilson’s autograph!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. I have a Ed Cranepool and a Buddy Harrleson autograph.

  4. Packfan202 // August 6, 2015 at 6:07 pm // Reply

    i have a signed football with the autographs of all the 2010 super bowl champion Green Bay Packers (no joke, i won it in a raffle)

  5. Drew Brees is worth mid 20’s and 30’s normally.

  6. I got all the guys from the Harlem Globetrotters. Such legends…

  7. I got autographed pictures of The Miami Heat players during special events at the stadium.

  8. scouting in MI // May 3, 2015 at 12:31 pm // Reply

    I collect the autographs of players from my favorite team, the Detroit Tigers. I have collected all of these autographs in person, either at the ballpark during the season or at baseball card shows in the off-season. For me, it is just a thrill to meet these guys and talk about baseball!

  9. how much would a gretzky card be worth?

  10. BAMA/SAINTS // March 2, 2015 at 2:45 pm // Reply

    How much do you think drew brees’ card is?

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